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As the Global COA Program Manager, I am delighted to release the fourth COA Newsletter,  featuring stories from various COA training sites overseas as well as updates from partners  in Canada. Read more....

Colombians, invisible actors in Ecuadorian society
By Gabriela Cisneros, COA Ecuador

Johana, her young son, David, and her oldest son, Miguel, live in a small room in one of Quito’s lower class neighbourhoods.  In 2014, after being threatened and attacked for not collaborating with the guerrillas, Johana decided to flee Colombia and seek refuge in Ecuador. Read More...
New beginnings for a group of Syrian refugees resettled out of Egypt
By Habiba Ramadan, COA Egypt

On a sunny morning, in one of Alexandria’s hotels, nineteen Syrian refugees, along with their children, are gathered in a meeting room to learn about their upcoming new life in Canada. They are a part of the accelerated movement of 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. Read More...
Preparing for a new life in Canada
By Louise Bélanger, Global Program Manager, and Joanie Durocher, Program and Liaison Officer

It is 7:30am and already a group of 23 refugees patiently waits in the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) training room at the International Organization for Migration mission in Nairobi, Kenya. Today is their first day of a three-day orientation session. Read More...
Meet the new COA Facilitator and Coordinator in Islamabad, Pakistan
By Farzana Mansoor, COA Pakistan

COA Pakistan has been providing orientation sessions to refugees and immigrants bound to Canada since 2001. Meet the new COA Coordinator and Facilitator, Ms. Farzana Mansoor, who recently returned to Pakistan after more than 10 years living and working in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Read More...
Minister McCallum’s visit to IOM/COA Philippines
By Kathy Vergara, COA Philippines

On August 12th 2016, the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, visited the IOM Manila Administrative Centre. Read More...
United Way / Centraide
By Bill Morris

Now that the Syrian story has largely slipped off the ‘front page’, and with nearly 30,000 refugees in Canada, how do we, as a society, maintain the sense of urgency and ensure the success of the longer-term task of settling and integrating this wave of newcomers? Read More...


Updates: Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
By Yi Liang

ICTC’s immigration initiatives are set to help Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) integrate into Canada’s digital economy with ease. GO Talent is a unique program, offered to IEPs who have not yet landed in Canada, yet are en route. Read More...


Updates: Halifax Partnership
By Lisa Abramowicz

To address the challenges that immigrants face making industry connections, the Halifax Partnership launched The Halifax Connector Program in 2009. The Program helps immigrants build their local professional network and connect with job opportunities. Read More...


Updates: Regina Open Door Society (RODS)
By Darcy Dietrich

RODS has been acknowledged locally and nationally as an innovator of both settlement and integration programs and services, introducing Canada’s first Reception House for Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) and awarded the Citation for Citizenship.
IOM joins the UN system
By Nader Kaddour, COA Canada

Member States of the United Nations (UN) unanimously adopted a resolution on July 25th, 2016 to make the International Organization for Migration (IOM) a ‘related organization’ of the UN. Read More...

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